The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This surname of SADOWSKI is a Polish, German, Slavonic and East Ashkenazic Jewish habitation name from any of several places named with the Polish SAD (orchard) + OW, such as SADOWA in north east Poland, with the addition of the suffix of local surnames, SKI. The suffix SKI is also found as an ending of Russian surnames, but these are usually of Polish origin. It was also used by Ashkenazic Jews. By the time most Jewish people on Polish territory were acquiring family names in the late 18th and 19th centuries, it was already widely used as a general surname suffix. Other spellings of the name include SADOWSKY, SADOVSKI, SADIVSKY, SADOVNIK, SADOWNIK, SADOVNIKOV and SADOVSCHIKOV. The Battle of SADOWA (also known as the Battle of Koniggratz) in which the Prussians defeated the Austrians eight miles west of Hradec Kralove (German Koniggratz) on the 3rd July 1866, thus ending the Seven Weeks War. The war had been engineered by Bismarck and was nominally about the possession of Schleswig-Holstein (under the Treaty of Prague). Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization.
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